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and calls on the senate to act on the fiscal cliff. but with four days to go, will his push make a difference? >>> plus, politicians promised that the newtown shooting would change our national debate on guns. are those just empty promises? >>> we count down the top five political rivalries. who won, who lost, what it means for 2013. let's go "outfront." >>> breaking news. the president makes an 11th hour announcement tonight putting the pressure squarely on the senate so broker a deal on the fiscal cliff. >> senators reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. but if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital life line of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> and just moments ago, senator harry reid says he's readying a bill for a vot
on the senate to broker a deal for the fiscal cliff. >> senator reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. but if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends unemployment to the 2 million americans looking for a job and lays groundwork for more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> just moments ago, senator harry reid says he's readying a bill for a vote by monday. all this follows a rare face-to-face closed door meeting at the white house today between all the key players, the president, the vice president, the treasury secretary and all four congressional leaders huddled together with just four days to go before we all go overs fiscal cliff. that meeting lasted for an hour and five minutes. on a story where every second and every maneuver counts, let's get chief to white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, the president says he's modestly optimist be
wallace talks fiscal cliff with u.s. senators lindsey graham and diane feinstein. check your local listings for the times. >> arthel: with a possible agreement being worked on behind closed doors to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, one casualty could be the defense department. severe financial cuts could hit every branch of the armed services. peter doocy and minutes -- examines. >> he did not say the word sequester. it would automatically cut more than $100 billion from the budget next year, half from domestic programs programs and m defense programs. as the deadline draws close, experts are looking at them from a national security aspect and warning about their impact on the safety of our service members. >> it's going to affect the operational force that's deployed in terms of its ability to maintain its equipment, to get repair parts, and that forces deployed around the world. not just the force that's in afghanistan that's being reduced. it would impact on the training of the force and its preparedness to conduct other operations. >> white house officials are saying it's unc
. this is the fastest and best chance to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate bill has already been passed by the house of representatives not boating on it as speaker bay there is having a tough time running boats on any type of tax increase. >> >> welcome back. for national retailers are recalling more than 150,000 "nap nanny " baby recliners. the recall covers the recliners generation 1 and 2 and the chilled model instant recliner sold between 2009 and 2012. if the recall comes after release five infants had died and dozens more have almost fallen out of the recliners. the consumer- products safety commission and warns that the nap nanny is dangerous defects in its decision and its design, instructing and warnings. the cpsc says that for retailers are voluntarily participated in the recall. >> toyota has settled the car owners over unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010. the automaker has agreed to pay more than a billion dollars to install new safety features and compensate owners. trotter's us to toyota because the floor mats were getting stuck, causing their bills to accelerate. under the agree
as best they can. >>> all indications tonight are that we are about to go over the fiscal cliff. today senate majority leader reid said he doesn't see any way that they can cut a deal in time. if you think this is just politics and it won't affect you. mark calculates just how much the fiscal cliff could cost you. >>reporter: if congress fails to avoid the fiscal cliff the financial consequences are significant. now there's a computer program that will figure specifically what each of us can expect next year. tax policy center fiscal cliff calculator peck your category married single with or without children enter the income and press to, it will pop up but you have to cough up next year. >> 17,000 dollars higher. that's a lot. >>reporter: jason is an engineer from cupertino with wife and 3 kid. he's looking at extra 17,000 in change. renee of carson just calculated what her family will pay. >> my god. that's another additional, i mean, deduction. >>reporter: 4 dollars short of 3000 dollars. >> i know. i know. >>reporter: she says it's like losing a month salary for her or her
now say they are entering last-minute talks over the weekend to avert the fiscal cliff. so now it goes to the senate. we will go live to capitol hill at the bottom of the hour as again the focus will shift those senators to get a deal done. all of this having some effect on wall street. the markets finishing in the red for the fifth straight day. the dow sank 158 points, triple digits in trading today. closing below 13,000 for the first time in three weeks. the nasdaq down 256789 the s&p 500 down 15. marking its longest losing streak in three months. the negative trading session also wraps up the worst week on wall street since early november. adam shapiro live in our new york city newsroom from fox business network. adam, how will wall street react come monday? >> that is everybody's question right now. but already you can take a look at what's called the fear index. the volatility index. the vix. you can see it's at its highest level since july. and investors are nervous because we still don't know what the actual tax ramifications are going to be going into 2013. there is a real pot
recovery efforts. the house and senate standing by to consider any fiscal cliff update. we had an update earlier from a reporter covering the issue. host: let's begin with david lightman. white house. the best sense of what you think the dynamics will be inside the room at the 3:00 p.m. meeting. guest: it wouldn't shock me if we're talking 72 hours from now. the deadline is 11:59 on the 31st. we have seen this on and on. there are five people that know what is going and they are talking. host: let's walk through the scenarios that we can expect. the meeting is at the white house. democrats and republicans. this is the first time they have met since the election. guest: november 16 was the only time they met. it is good news they are talking. are they going to keep talking? will they say, "we will see everybody tomorrow." they would keep talking. what is going to happen on the floors of the house and senate. the senate needs to extend the tax rates a year and amended and that can be done in a matter of hours. when they agree to that -- would they agree to that? we also have to watch the t
america from going over the fiscal cliff. as the house and senate reconvene tomorrow. the clock is ticking. six days until the deadline. the way things work in washington, can they actually get something done before the end of the year? brianna keilar, what is the latest on this? >> hi, there, drew. president obama will be heading home from hawaii tonight, logical time arri arriving in d.c. thursday morning when the senate will be reconvenin reconvening, and the senate, all eyes on now, that we look for the last-ditch effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. even though the president is returning on thursday, we may not see the senate roll out its bill to deal with the fiscal cliff. perhaps for a couple of days. this is entirely possible we've learned from sources as senate majority leader harry reid works to get republican support in the senate, which he will need if he's going to pass a bill. and so we're still waiting to see exactly what it will look like that the white house wants for the threshold on income tax rates to cut off at $250,000. we will see if that ultimately is what senate major
america off the fiscal cliff. let's go to capitol hill fox news chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel live with the latest. >> we are heading into a critical weekend as a final push is made to keep the u.s. economy from going off the fiscal cliff. after a late afternoon meeting with the top four congressional leaders at the white house, president obama offered this assessment. >>> i'm modestly optimistic -- nobody is going to get 100% of what they want. but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> sources say house speaker are john boehner deferred to senate colleagues and told them house leaders would consider, accept or amend their plan. what s not expected to be included in any deal is increasing the debt limit, something democrats have wanted and republicans have resisted. >> we he haded a long meeting in the white house and it was constructive. we hope that it will bear fruit. but that is what we hoped a lot. i think that the next 24 hours will be very
through with a fine tooth comb and pick through. senator sessions said the fiscal cliff is like three days away. we have to read it to sign off on it. >> that's the worst. no, this is not time. let's reform it and go about it with a squaple. meet axe hacks it across the board. either we are going off of the cliff or bad short-term deal that kicks the can down the road. we need to reform quick kick in the can. >> clayton: secretary panetta, set to take over him. white house looking at possible options and name that is bandied about is form are senator chuck hagel. critics slammed him of course and looks like the white house is trying to go in a different direction. others say give him a shake. go back to and see he is a fair-mind guy. >> i think he's the wrong pick at the wrong time. lack of support of israel and unwillingness to call the iran revolutionary guard a terrorist organization and he stepped back from action against iran and he was one of the biggest critics . one telling us that the surge couldn't work. that was always here from chuck hagel. that's not the kind of guy i want lea
away from the "fiscal cliff." he took the red eye from hawaii overnight. senators are set to work today on a plan to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is gettingismy for an agreement. its employees are writing "col together" on coffee cups in d.c. to try to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian shots will replace the late democratic senator daniel inouye who died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died he wrote to the governor asking for a female representative to replace him. she made it to the final round of consideration but did not win the nomination. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a houston hospital with a fever and cough. mr. bush was admitted to the hospital more than a month
-- and hunger. host: good morning. as the deadline looms over the fiscal cliff, the attention is shifting to the other end of pennsylvania avenue. the lines of communication remain open. it is friday, december 28. the senate is in session today. stock futures are down in anticipation of what will happen next with the deadline, january 1. we will begin with your comments on the fiscal cliff talks, now down to the wire. here are our phone numbers -- you can join the conversation online. host: here are some of the friday morning headlines. a rare back to work for congress. "cliff talks down to the wi re" is the headline in "the wall street journal." host: that story from inside "usa today." this is from "the new york times." host: there is this from "roll call." pessimistic asstima ever. the president summoning congressional leaders. we expect there will be a stakeout afterward. we may hear from the president and we will be following all of that as the day unfolds. it's begin with david lightman. he covers capitol hill and the white house. the best sense of what you think the dyn
whatsoever. we have passed a bill to deal with the fiscal cliff. congressman, let me go through this. they haven't passed a bill in 1300 days in the united states senate. constitutionally, something by law they are required to do. they haven't done it. the president, 18 hours on the golf course, 20 hours in the air, plenty of time working out. now he races back to washington, you know, like the lone ranger on his horse silver in to save the day. this isn't serious. this is not a president that's serious about spending, is it? >> this is not about leadership. 1,337 days, harry reid hasn't pass add a budget. they have been in control the whole time. this fiscal cliff was predictable. we knew this was going to happen two years ago. and don't forget, these are the bush-obama tax cuts. all the president needs to do is actually propose some spending cuts. i think with geithner's admission that the debt ceiling will be burst through on december 31st clearly shows it's a problem. it's time to cut spending, not for now but future generations that have to pay this off. >> it seems to me, congr
national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> on capitol hill negotiations on the so-called fiscal cliff continues this weekend as congress is scheduled to return tomorrow. here is what senate majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell had to say yesterday from the senate floor after their meeting with president obama. >> i talked to the republican leader bob this is generally -- about this generally. we had a constructive meeting. i hope something positive will come from that. the republican leader and i and our staffs are working to see what we can come up with. but it should not take a long time to do that. but it would be in everyone's interest if we were in session tomorrow. we have another vote that has been set up >> you were talking about sunday, right? >> yes. we're going to have another caucus a following that, and hopefully by that time we will have made a determination, senator mcconnell and i, and we can do something on the floor in addition to what i talked about. we do need that time to have everybody kind of step back a little bit. if we come up with s
to the fiscal cliff. there are some signs of hope this morning. and it oob thanks to republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. peter doocy live in washington with the very latest. peter, i guess they reconvene 1:00 tomorrow which leads them oh tons of time to avert that fiscal cliff you are hearing from administration officials down here that republican the senatech mcconnell the is trying really hard to figure out a way to avoid the fiscal cliff public. >> we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the expwrort leader can make to his conference. >> at yesterday's white house meeting, president obama did not offer negotiators anything new. he just tried to sell them on the same plan he outlined last friday, being called plan c. since the president's plan a and speaker boehner's plan b both failed to gain traction. plan c would extend middle class tax rates and we're told the senate wants
're working bills within the fiscal cliff bills. mr. reid, go to work. you've had years to lead this senate. go to work on that. i think we have principled leadership. >> i agree. >> often timesn0 i'm worried and the real issue is spending. it's a spending problem. the issue just came up. >> right. >> so where do we go from here? congressmanvbñn gomer? it's been put in the senate in their hands wex heard from hairy red today. moving forward. i understand the president is reac republicans in the senate. but they don't have the rightbw to originate constitutionally spending bills from there. where do we go from here? >> well, either the senate will do their constit/2ajal duty of taking a bill that originated in the house, and dealing with the issue and pass their version of it. then it would go a conference committee where compromise gets worked out.sqç hairy reid is becoming the cliff diver here by saying we're not going toq#éy let our house, senate'>pzg house, funct. we're going to dive off the cliff and blame the republicans and every ledge down the way. >> gentlemen. good to see you.
leader harry reid is ready to introduce legislation that would avert the fiscal cliff, but only if he gets assurances from republican leaders that they won't try to block it. that standoff is creating some tension on capitol hill that spilled on to the senate floor today. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: in the normally genteel senate, leader reid unleashed a tirade today about house speaker john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship in the house. >> speaker boehner is not willing to negotiate. we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate, said it's reid who hasn't reached out for weeks. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: but talking about what? so far, reid has not introduced the scaled-down bill he was reportedly working on over the christmas holiday. sources say that bill would extend the bush-era tax cuts for americans making less than $250,000 a year. with the clock ticking, reid
that i have not passed the resolution to pass the fiscal cliff but he's in error. we all know that in july of this year we passed in the senate the relief that would give -- that would give to middle class americans. that passed the senate. now, we know that republicans have buried themselves in procedural road blocks, everything we try to do around here. and now they are saying, well, we can't do the 250 because it wasn't blue-slipped, because it will be blue-slipped. mr. president, how does the american people react to that? there was a bill introduced by the ways and means committee in the house, sandy levin that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it but he kobt kill it and then we moved to plan b, the debacle of all debacles. it's the mother of all debacles. that was brought up in an effort to send us something. he couldn't even pass it among the republicans it was so absurd. he meaning the speaker. so it's very clear now, mr. president, that the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. the house is not even
cliff, you guys pass a bill. he hasn't done in three years. they can pass in the senate give it to the president, then nobody's taxes are going to go up. prices averted then, they candlg spend time after the new year negotiating tax reform, çd living within our means. why don't they just do that? >> well, they could. if they want to demonize the house. without doing anything, in the way of legislating. and sean, if you look back at ceiling bill back a year and a half ago had a super committee. you and i knew it wasn't going to work. one of our republican senators made up a pro pose yl to raise taxes and two senate democrats reported to have said wow. this is a break through. we can get a deal now. we'll be able to work this they go talk to president obama and hairy reid, come back to say, sorry we're not atloud work the deal. they didn't want to deal then. they don't want a deal now. it worked out well for them not to allow a deal last time. they blamed us last year. them and it worked and got go over the cliff? blame republicans. not let the senate pass anything. we get awa
from the fiscal cliff. are there any contacts occurring on this topic between the president and anyone in congress, briana? >> reporter: there is an open line of communication, i would say, with senate democrats, hala. but there is really no substantive conversations between the folks that you with need for there to be conversations between in order to strike a deal. the white house and congressional republicans, and perhaps more alarmingly, senate democrats are not in conversations right now with senate republicans or with house republicans. and this is problematic obviously because in order to avoid the fiscal cliff, you would need to find some sort of deal that would make it through the senate and the house and that would need democratic and republican support. now, all eyes on the senate because they will reconvene on the 27th, thursday. and senate majority leader harry reid, it is up to him, really, to cobble together something that can get some of that support. right now the white house is still supporting a threshold of $250,000 back to their initial starting point for tax rates
with the fiscal cliff today? >> all signs point to iffy, i will tell that you, ali. some senators are saying there may be a deal by tonight. some are saying there will be a vote by midnight tonight, some say we're going over the cliff. it's hard to tell. the expectation, even if we go over the fiscal cliff. right now, congress is still looking at trying to resolve this here in the next few days. so it's not as if we go over the cliff and stay there. there would be time to resolve the issue. that being said, we saw a whirlwind of negotiating on capitol hill. and right now, after things sort of didn't work out between mitch mcconnle and harry reid, the top republican and top democrat in the senate, they have shifted between mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. that's where all of the action is right now. keeping the speaker of the house john boehner abreast of what's going on. keeping harry reid abreast of what's going on and keeping president obama abreast of what's going on. we heard from senator reid yesterday that they are very far apart. not just talking on the threshold, initial
. the problem is revenues. >> senator thune, if we go over the fiscal cliff, it will have very real impact on americans and their pocketbooks. a lot of people who live outside washington watch this process and say, these guys have a self-imposed dead line on a very serious issue they may not meet. can you restore any confidence to the american people that they should believe in what you all are doing there? >> sure. i think it's encouraging that people are talking, willie. there is an agreement out there that can be reached, but, you know, as i said before, you can't do this just with revenues. the tax increases that would hit middle income americans and small businesses would be disastrous for the economy. even if the president got everything he wanted on taxes, it generates enough revenue to pay for less than a week of government spending next year alone. so the question is, what do we do for the other 358 days of the year? well, we have to do something on the spending side of the equation. but the tax increases need to be averted. they need to be avoided. they can be. i think in the end
? kelly: the next few days are indeed critical in the fight for the so-called fiscal cliff but as the president cuts short his vacation and the senate returns tomorrow we'll look whether democratic leader harry reid will have a plan c ready to go and rumors after $400 billion price tag. >> big chunk of change. we're eyeing a massive winter storms that spawned at least last night this deadly tornado. as it moves north, that storm we'll look at the danger it poses for many americans especially if you're trying to travel anywhere today. folks there living through rare holiday twisters react to a christmas day storm they say they will never forget. >> i've never seen one in real life. just to be able to hear one from that far away, it is about a mile from where we are and you could still hear it. it was, it was pretty amazing. [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! kelly: "fox busin
-called fiscal cliff. negotiations continue. nobel laureate and a burmese opposition leader aung san suu kyi accepted the congressional gold medal in september. she said it represents the aspirations of the burmese people for a democratic transition. we will also hear from secretary of state hillary clinton and former first lady laura bush. >> ladies and gentlemen, the speaker of the united states house of representatives, the honorable john boehner. >> ladies and all men, good afternoon and welcome to the capital. this is a great day for the american people, and we are happy to welcome you here today. gold medals are the highest level of appreciation for distinguished achievement. the first congressional gold medal was awarded to general george washington in 1776 for liberating the city of boston. today, we will present a congressional gold medal to aung san suu kyi in recognition of her efforts to liberate the people of burma. today, we celebrate her steadfast commitment to democracy, stability, and human dignity, and we do so in a manner worthy of her ideals. nancy pelosi initiated the me
of the fiscal cliff. mr. mccain: may i thank the senator from maryland, as always, for her usual courtesy and i think she had a very important message and i appreciate not only the words themselves but her eloquence and passion. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senator from south carolina be included in a colloquy during my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: mr. president, i, like i believe all of us just finished watching the president's remarks at -- i guess it was the executive office building. and i'm not sure yet as i sort out my impressions of the president's remarks as to whether to be angry or to be saddened. i've been around this town for a number of years, and as is well known, i had an interest in the presidency more than academic and i've watched a lot of presidents, going back to president reagan from the standpoint of a member of congress. and i've watched these other crises as we go through them, whether it be the potential shutdown of the government when newt gingrich was speaker of the house, we've seen these other crises as the debt l
released that. there's some political pressure going on and essentially as they're having this fiscal cliff negotiations. >> ifill: governor abercrombie is slam dunk that colleen who is on the dying man's lips practically gets this job or other people still trying to figure a way in? >> what's going to happen this week is the hawaii democratic state central committee will meet. and they're going to give, according to state law, the governor three names of people who he could appoint to the seat. as long as colleen makes that list and is looking very, very likely that she will, the governor will most likely appoint her. it would be very difficult for governor to ignore such a legend as daniel's last and final tower appoint this word. >> ifill: others that we want to talk about, nothing to do with tragic loss or with dramatic promotion, just old fashioned politics, in south carolina christina, jim demit decided to quit. the governor appointed tim scott. >> which is very interesting first african american senator to represent this state for south carolina. and his seat, he will vacate that
there is no deal to keep the country from falling off the fiscal cliff. with the deadline just three days away the president and congressional leaders met at the white house for more talks. >> i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package. this will protect the middle class from a high tax hike. >> senate leaders are trying to work for a solution. >> we will work to see if we can do this within the next 24 hours. i am very hopeful and optimistic. >> i will do all i can, but everyone, whatever we come up with some people will not like it, and some people will like it less. >> senate majority leader's stated if they did not want to meet on saturday. house speaker john boehner stated that he would not bring anything to the house until it has been passed by the senate. >> nearly every american will see their taxes go up and all of the unemployment benefits will expire. >> people sit down and discuss things and they try to come up with a solution. if they are disappearinthere ars then they sit down and work on those disagreements. we need to sit down and work on this. >> the time n
be going off the fiscal cliff. he and others have said all along that there would be this fighting but right up to the deadline. they have finally come up with some sort of a deal. lieberman and others on the hill saying they think we may in fact go off the cliff. rattle the markets as you suggested, jamie. lieberman also believes the senate will be in session on new year's eve. going right up against the end of the year deadline to try to work this out, jamie. >> jamie: if any news breaks i know you will bring it to us. live from honolulu. washington is not the only one thinking about the fiscal cliff. it turns out that the concerns about it or affecting how much people are spending this holiday season. analysts saying overall sales are down from last year. it's not just the economy though. they say people just don't feel like spending as much. many still feeling the wake of super storm sandy. also those recent shootings in colorado and connecticut. because of the low sales predictions. retailers are banking on last-minute shoppers to boost their bottom lines but experts say they
? >> happy friday. >> there we go, happy friday. listen, this fiscal cliff deal, everyone is so sick of hearing the phrase. i it talked to several this week, members of congress and members of the senate who indicate we're going over the cliff. they say it won't be that bad. don't worry about it. there's something in me that wonders about the psychological impact of just going right over. >> mike, you're right. they are saying that, and there's a real risk especially in the white house. they know that the reaction of the markets, especially overseas, the credit raters is unpredictable. you don't want to start your second term with a double-dip recession. that's the real risk here. for republicans more and more you hear them saying and i think this is what you're refer to here. you hear them saying, let's just wait until people get their first paycheck. wait until they get that pay economic when there's less withheld and there's not a payroll tax holiday but then they want tax relief. it's a huge risk. another political game at play here. sherman has a great story on the sight right t
over the fiscal cliff, that republicans will get the blame? >> well, of course they will. because republicans get blamed if it rains if washington. that shouldn't be the test here, it shouldn't be the consideration. but senator reid has had it within his power since spring to amend the house bill and send it back with whatever changes he wanted. that's what the constitution says. sadly, they've given speeches instead of getting the job done. but nobody, nobody wants taxes to go up on middle class americans. and i hope that everybody works real hard over the weekend. a lot of americans have to work on the weekend. i don't think it's a big deal that we have to work this weekend. >> it's not a big deal and you should all be working this weekend. listen, a few weeks ago it looked like speaker boehner and president obama were pretty close on a grand bargain. maybe not as big as should would hope. it looked like the president was saying, we'll raise that top rate and offer some entitlement reform. social security changes, cpi. some talk of raising the medicare eligibility age. now becau
complains that i have not delivered the votes to pass the solution to the fiscal cliff, but he is in error. we all know that in july of this year, we passed in the senate the relief that it would give to middle-class americans, that passed the senate. now, we know that the republicans have buried themselves in procedural road blocks, everything we try to do out here, and now they are saying well, we can't do the 250 because it wasn't blue slipped -- because it will be blue slipped. mr. president, how does the american people react to that? there was a bill introduced by the ranking member of the ways and means committee in the house, sandy levin, that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it but he couldn't kill it. and then we moved to albany b, b, -- plan b, the debacle of all debacles. it's the mother of all debacles. that was brought up in an effort to send us something. he couldn't even pass it among republicans, it was so absurd, he meaning the speaker. so it's very clear now, mr. president, that the speaker's number-one goal is to get elected spea
a last-minute plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama saying he is modestly optimistic that they can come up with a plan in time. on friday, president obama met with the four top congressional leaders here at the white house for about an hour. sources close to those talks say that the president gave lawmakers two options, either come up with a plan that can make it through both chambers or put his proposal up for a vote. under the president's plan, the bush-era tax cuts would be extended for those making $250,000 or less with rates allowed to raise on top income earners. it would also extend unemployment insurance benefits. president obama saying the time for action is now. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound. ordinary folks, they do their jobs. they meet deadlines. they sit down, and they discuss things and then things happen. if there are disagreements, they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind-boggling to them. it needs to stop. >> reporter:
the fiscal cliff. both houses of congress will reconvene today. the senate is expected to work two hours from now. while president obama wants a tax increase for those earning $250,000 there is a proposal on the table that raises that income threshold to $400,000. >> i think we need a deal. we should do a deal. if lindsey and i could sit down we will put that together. i think the leadership is now working. >> republicans hope to raise the income threshold to $400,000 and keep state taxes low. if the parties can't agree, presidt oba -- [lost audio] >>> and parts of ohio the latest storm comes days after the region's were hit by another storm which is being blamed for add least 16th deaths. the national weather service is expecting up to a foot of new storm. officials have lowered the speed limit on the pennsylvania term pike. boston's mayor announced a snow emergency in parts of the city. they worked for hours to keep the area clear. despite heavy snow and dangerous driving conditions patriot fans braved the elements. >>> meanwhile before what was supposed to be a fun outing in southern calif
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